IT’S THE bigdumbhick!!
Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a 6’7”, 325+lb, bib-overall wearing, solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. Originally from Middle Tennessee, he spent 20 years in the Navy, where he taught himself to play guitar when he wasn’t busy sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s traveled the world, and he’s broken bread and played music with people from just about every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum. ”Big”, yes, but he’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might portray himself to be.
Describing his music can be a challenge. There is a lot of Bluegrass, some Honky-Tonk, some Country Blues, and even occasionally some Reggae there. As someone recently remarked to him, "YOU ARE FUN!” That's as good a description as any. He has also been referred to as "an older, sardonic, hillbilly, Todd Snider", "a cross between Jimmy Martin and JJ Cale", and even "Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands".
What he is, is one very unique and talented performer, one who is darkly hilarious, who uses irony and laughter as a candy coating to help make that dark and bitter pill of human existence just a little bit easier to swallow. One moment he might have an audience crying with laughter, and then completely out of the blue he might hit them with something extremely raw and personal, and you will again see eyes filling with tears - this time for a completely different reason. Yes, He's funny, but he’s a lot more than just a comedy or novelty act, he’s a seriously talented musician, with a groove so strong you could break a hip to it.
What you see is what you get. This is not an adapted persona. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real. He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.
“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. Dan Ray - Greensboro NC
As a true believer in great music, I have seen him render an entire novel with only a worn-out guitar and a shaky voice. He's the real deal. Joseph North - Durham NC
I loved his stuff. I laughed my butt off and occasionally was mortified ...he crosses lines and doesn’t care one bit. That’s why he’s so friggin’ authentic. Peter Farrell - Songwriter/Performer- Philadelphia PA
If you get a chance to see Jeff, don’t miss it. Early songs brought nervous laughter, but by the end of the show there were belly laughs and a sing along. His lyrics are clever and his stories are unique... and true. Authenticity is hard to find these days, but I found it yesterday and it was wearing bib overalls. Terri Latham - Atlanta GA
Ok, he’s somewhat big, but don’t be fooled — his music is smart, engaging, and on point. He treats his gigs professionally, and other artists with kindness and a generous spirit. Book him, gig with him, go see his shows. Good stuff. Kim Lane - Poet, Songwriter, Performer - Durham NC
For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright III, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker